Republican St. Lawrence County state Senators introduce Family Tax Relief Act
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 5:17 pm

The three senators who represent St. Lawrence County in Albany have introduced the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures intended to provide a boost to New York’s middle class families.

Sen. Patty Ritchie (NY48, R-Heuvelton), Sen. Joseph Griffo (NY47, R- Rome), and Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) joined their Republican colleagues in supporting a bill they say would increase tax breaks, which have not kept pace with inflation and in some instances haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.

The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program.

It provides for increasing the dependent tax-exemption from $1,000 to $2,020 per dependent, boosting the dependent care credit for taxpayers with children and the child tax credit from $330 to $375.

It would restore the STAR program, which before being canceled in 2009 delivered rebate checks averaging up to $529 to homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, according to Ritchie. Restoration of the program is expected to provide an additional $1.3 billion in tax relief.

“When it comes to our state’s economy, we have begun to turn a corner, but there’s still a lot of work ahead,” said Ritchie. “This plan is a step in the right direction towards revitalizing New York.”

“Through these reforms, we can continue to build upon the work we have already done to make living in New York State more affordable for our middle class, create more jobs and promote economic growth overall,” she said.

“With work continuing on the state budget, we want to provide some options for our colleagues in the Assembly and the governor to consider,” said Sen. Little. “Many working families are struggling financially because of higher gas and food prices, increased federal taxes, a weak job market and lagging incomes. Tax relief would give them and the economy a much needed boost, helping all regions of the state.”

Sen. Ritchie has an outline of the bill at her web site,